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The Chapter In The Bible That Appears Twice

Posted in Uncategorized by larrycheng on February 4, 2010

This qualifies in the camp of – you learn something new every day.  I learned yesterday that there are two chapters in the Bible that are nearly identical.  Not sure if this is common knowledge, but it was news to me.  It’s Psalm 14 and 53.  Here they are in the NIV version:

Psalm 14

 1 The fool says in his heart,
       “There is no God.”
       They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
       there is no one who does good.

 2 The LORD looks down from heaven
       on the sons of men
       to see if there are any who understand,
       any who seek God.

 3 All have turned aside,
       they have together become corrupt;
       there is no one who does good,
       not even one.

 4 Will evildoers never learn—
       those who devour my people as men eat bread
       and who do not call on the LORD?

 5 There they are, overwhelmed with dread,
       for God is present in the company of the righteous.

 6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
       but the LORD is their refuge.

 7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
       When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people,
       let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Psalm 53

 1 The fool says in his heart,
       “There is no God.”
       They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
       there is no one who does good.

 2 God looks down from heaven
       on the sons of men
       to see if there are any who understand,
       any who seek God.

 3 Everyone has turned away,
       they have together become corrupt;
       there is no one who does good,
       not even one.

 4 Will the evildoers never learn—
       those who devour my people as men eat bread
       and who do not call on God?

 5 There they were, overwhelmed with dread,
       where there was nothing to dread.
       God scattered the bones of those who attacked you;
       you put them to shame, for God despised them.

 6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
       When God restores the fortunes of his people,
       let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!